Last row

Winter has first arrived and now it seems gone again. Nature is poised between winter proper and autumn.

Last week we had the first snow here in Helsinki and now as I write it, it has melted away as the weather took a sudden turn for the warmer.

I have been totally immersed in my work life, as I have, once again taken a leap to another work place. Seems the time between workday and the next is way too short currently, but I have a lot of faith that the situation will get better as I get more and more into the job and learn the new people and the new things I have to be responsible for. Still a huge change. Photography has been taking a second fiddle and the writing of the blog has been totally out of my mind for the time being.

I am thinking of how to breathe more fresh air into this, probably something like a photo a day again would be good.

Last row before the winter. by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

Took this photo with my trusty Nikon as a old lady was out for the last row of the season before winter arrived with snow, ice and coldness. A beautiful moment for sure!

How are all you doing?

 

 

Living with the Honor 8

As is often the case it takes a while to get to know a device and really be able to enjoy the full cabalities.
Having used the Honor 8 for a while it seems I have gelled with phone and it is an extension of me when out and about. 

I have really fallen for the monochrome cabality esoecially as it seems I sometimes see in black and white.

Walking, working and generally living in the capital region of Finland it has always been a habit of mine to document life and its beautiful moments.

The beautiful light in this city, the architecture, the people. Especially in the fall and spring the light is almost constantly in such a low degree that it casts beautiful shadows.

Indoors in Helsinki you can see the lovely architecture, this photo taken in a library testifies of that.

Or you can enjoy the lovely seaside in many places, often gazing upon fellow Finns basking in the sun, enjoying the calm serene moments of life. And the camera, the phone, always along for the ride.

Honor 8, first look and feelings

So, after a while, I am once again lucky to have something that is cutting edge to use and review. May I present: Honor 8, the new smartphone that was released just a couple of days ago. I have had the honor to use it for a while and get to know the phone.

Disclaimer, the phone is lent to me by the manufacturer, but all that I write is my feelings.

These are my early thoughts along with a few photos made with the device. But first, here are some product photos I made of the phone, just to show what it looks like:

Honor8
Honor8

As you can see from my photos, the version I have is the beautiful, golden colored specimen with 64 GB of memory built in. It can be enlarged by the user with a micro-sd card, which I did, and now have 32 GB of additional memory. The phone has the possibility to use two sim cards or one sim card and one memory card, whichever suits your needs the better. The front and the back of the phone is made of glass and the sides of metal.

Honor8
Honor8

The screen is 5.2″ large and is pretty much the right size for my hands, yet not being too large. The colors are also great. The resolution is fullHD, which is good, but not the best that there is, but is the standard for this price range of phones. And resolution is not everything, as there are other factors like the usability of the touch screen that are also important. And a bigger resolution would be more hungry for energy and thus the battery would not be able to last so long. The front facing camera or selfie camera is 8Mpix and has also a beautify mode, which makes even me look nice..

The phone is based on Android 6.01 but there is Huawei’s own skin on top of it, which to me makes the phone a bit easier to approach, especially if coming from an iPhone. For hardcore Android users the feel might be even too simple.

Honor8
Honor8

At the rear of the phone, there is fingerprint scanner, with which you can be sure no one who is not allowed to use the phone cannot use it. I love this feature, as it also is the quickest way to open the phone to use. The fingerprint scanner also works as a button that you can configure to say, open the camera etc. Excellent!

There is also two cameras in the rear as you can see. The other a monochrome or black and white and the other color, both with 12Mpix.  A feature that debuted in this phones big sister, the Huawei P9 earlier this year.

In use the phone has been easy to configure and use, and the battery for me lasts two days if they are normal office days, and from morning to late night if it be a saturday or sunday, so pretty OK? There is also a ultra battery saver mode which is good if you are traveling and wish to save the battery.

For me, as an avid photographer, I am naturally always interested in the phones capabilities to be used as the stand in for a bigger camera, or just to make great photos without being burdened to carry a camera at all.

Honor8
Honor8

The monochrome sensor of the other camera is a wonderful addition, as I love to take b&w photos, and usually have to convert them in another app or on the computer. Here, they can be created instantly. The black and white camera is also great in darker moments where there is less light.

Honor8
Honor8

Together the sensors create photos with nice color and a lot of capability to be manipulated afterwards to taste. Here I boosted the saturation and opened the shadows a bit in post.

Honor8
Honor8

This is straight from the phone, just cropped in VSCO.

Honor8
Honor8

Sunset toward the “wrong” direction gave this beautiful photo its light. The swimmer, made the ripples that to me created a stronger photo.

Honor8
Honor8

Monochrome in use again, this time by the sea, as the sun was trying to break through the cloud cover and the beautiful light shone upon the sailboat in the distance.

The camera is very quick to use, and also has a pro mode, were you can control the camera much like a “real” camera with shutter speed, iso, white balance among the options the user can manipulate.

All in all, a great cameraphone to use, and it has been by my side constantly so far.

More tk.

Kuvailua G5X:n tapaan

Luonnossa liikkumisesta tykkäävänä, ensimmäiset räpsyt G5X:n kanssa tuli minulle luontaisesti otettavaksi ulkosalla. Kevät ja kaiken kattava vihreys luonnollisesti inspiroi etsimään sopivaa metsäistä aluetta ja kaunis keväinen valo loi mukavan tunnelman. Sekään ei haitannut, että lämpötila oli kovinkin kesäinen!
G5x

Pokkariksi isokokoinen kenno tarjoaa valovoimaisen optiikan kanssa mahdollisuuden myös syväterävyyden hallintaan. Tausta pehmeneekin nätisti ja yksityiskohdat saa halutessaan irti taustasta.

G5x

Kuvanvakaaja pelaa siinä määrin hyvin, että ylläolevan kuvan on voinut ottaa ilman jalustaa. Veden saaminen pehmeäksi vaatii pitkää valotusaikaa, joka taasen yleensä pilaa kaiken terävyyden muualla kuvassa kun käsi tärisee. Kyseinen kuva on otettu 1 sekunnin valotuksella, joka ainakin itselle ilman vakaajaa olisi täysin mahdotonta saada terävänä.

G5x

G5x

Vastavalon suhteen optiikka pelaa myös erittäin mukavasti, ilman sen suurempia ihmeellisyyksiä. Kuvaa ei ole muuten korjailtu kuin värejä säädetty oman silmän mukaisisiksi. Etsin myös mahdollisti kuvauksen siten, että myös näki mitä yrittää kuvata, takaruudulta kuvatessa tällaisessa tilanteessa useimmiten ei näkisi juuri mitään.

Muutaman illan kävelyjen tuloksena alkoi syntyä kuva kamerasta, jota on ilo kuljettaa mukana ulkona liikkuessa ja joka täyttää peruskäyttötarpeen erittäin hyvin.

Jatkuu…

Canon G5X -Ensitunnelmat

Sain toukokuussa kokeiltavaksi Canonin pienen mutta pippurisen pokkarin mallia G5X. Tavallisesta pokkarista sen erottaa useampikin asia. Tärkeimpinä eroina isompi kenno, erinomaiset säätömahdollisuudet ja mahdollisuus kuvata RAW-kuvia. Isoin ero vanhempiin itsellekin tuttuihin G-sarjalaisiin on erinomaisen elektronisen etsimen eli EVF:n lisäys. Itse olenkin tottunut kuvaamaan etsimen avulla, takanäyttöä käytän pääasiallisesti vain kuvien tarkisteluun ja asetusten tekoon.

G5x

Kameran ollessa päällä työntyy objektiivi hieman ulos, mutta kameran ollessa poissa päältä se mahtuu näppärästi ainakin pikkutakin taskuun ja esimerkiksi kohtuullisen pieneen käsilaukkuun.

G5x

Vertailun vuoksi, kamera objektiivi kiinni omassa kädessäni. Ei pahankokoinen vai mitä?

Tekniset speksit ovat erittäin hyvällä tasolla: 20 Mpix ja 1″ kokoinen moderni kenno, valovoimainen 24-100mm vastaava linssi. Wi-fi on myös tätä päivää ja G5X onkin erittäin hauska laite aktiivisella somettajalle. Kuvat siirtyvät nopeasti kännykkään tai tablettiin jolla nopea editti ja kuvat ulos. Ominaisuus, jota ei tiedä kaipaavansa ennen kuin sitä pääsee käyttämään. Toivottavasti se tulee vakioksi kaikkiin ammattikameroihinkin ajan myötä. Canonilla se löytyy jo osasta järkkäreistä ja epäilen että muutaman vuoden päästä jokaisesta mallista..

Kameran saamisen jälkeen ensimmäinen toimenpide itsellä on aina laittaa akku lataukseen, vilkuilla pikasilmäyksellä kameran hallintalaitteet läpi ohjekirjasen avulla. Ohjekirjan lukeminen tuntuu olevan kuitenkin usein hyödyllisempää siten että laitetta alkaa käyttämään ja kun ihmettelee miten tai miksi jokin juttu toimii kuten toimii niin kaivelen sen ohjekirjasta. G5X istuu käteen pieneksi kameraksi mukavasti ja säätimet olivat riittävän helppotajuiset että ohjekirjaa ei juurikaan kaivannut. Erillinen säätörulla valotuksen korjaukselle ja kaksi rullaa joilla säätää muita asetuksia mahdollistivat sen, että siirryin parin koenäpsyn jälkeen Manuaali-tilaan ja aloin todenteolla käyttää kameraa. Objektiivin ympärillä olevalla rullalla aukko, etusormella aika. ISO-arvo sopivaksi ja EVF:n avulla näkee heti valotuksen onnistumisen ja säätötarpeen suuntaan tai toiseen.

 

 

Feels like Summer to me

Curvy by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

Spring has come once more to this far northern land. Everywhere green seems to be sprouting out and the nature is so alive now. We have also been enjoying a rather warm may in general, with temperatures climbing over +20C.

 

Sunflower by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

Forests are full of flowers and the sun rises earlier and earlier and sets later and later. Soon it will be light all around the clock.

 

Abandonment by Jere Ketola on 500px.com

Forests have mysteries hidden in them, more often than not. Here an abandoned house in the midst of woods.

All photos taken with the lovely Canon G5X.